Sonia Klein has been chosen by Campaign for Labour Party Democracy (CLPD) as the new candidate for its left slate in the elections for additional members of Labour’s National Constitutional Committee (NCC), the party’s senior disciplinary body.
Ms Klein, who was initially proposed by Labour CND, is a Labour member in the Welsh constituency of Gower.
A statement circulated to members by CLPD’s two representatives to the decision-making body says:
Following the withdrawal of a candidate, CLPD’s Chair, Secretary and Treasurer, in discussion with CLPD’s CLGA representatives, have agreed to put forward Sonia Klein as a candidate for the NCC.
Sonia is a BAME woman and member of Gower CLP in Wales.
Sonia’s candidature had previously been proposed to the CLGA by Labour CND and it withdrew her name last week in order to help move the CLGA discussion forward.
CLPD had been seeking a BAME woman from the North, Scotland or Wales as our replacement candidate. If there was such a candidate on the Momentum slate for CLPD to put forward that person would have been chosen, but unfortunately that is not the case.
EC members will be aware that CLPD has sought to achieve a united slate and opposes the exclusion of Stephen Marks, a pro-Palestinian Jewish candidate. Every organisation that took part in the CLGA discussions, bar one, is backing that candidate.
CLPD will circulate an updated NCC slate in due course.
Ms Klein replaces Bradford-based Kaneez Akhtar, who withdrew just after being announced.
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